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Despite brief closure, LVIA reports higher passenger traffic for May

Despite a 52-hour closure last month, Lehigh Valley International Airport reported increased passenger traffic for May, showing a nearly 10 percent jump from May 2018.

Lehigh Valley International Airport reported a nearly 10 percent increase in passenger traffic for May. (File photo) –

The airport in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, reported 76,400 passengers in May, a 9.65 percent increase from the 69,675 passengers in May 2018.

The airport closed briefly last month to repave a runway intersection, which meant no takeoffs or landings for two days.

The 52-hour closure translated into a loss of about 70 flights, said Colin Riccobon, spokesperson for the Lehigh and Northampton Airport Authority, the group that owns and operates the airport.

While American Airlines reported a total passenger increase of 23.7 percent for May and Allegiant showed a 9.6 percent increase in compares to May 2018, two carriers had slight decreases in traffic.

Delta dropped 1.2 percent while United Airlines posted a 0.5 percent fall.

Riccobon said the two carriers would have likely seen increases in passenger traffic had there been no shutdown.

He attributed the growth overall to a few factors, including a strong economy, an increase in the number of people choosing to fly out of LVIA and the addition of new destinations this year, including service to Chicago and Nashville.

May marked 20 consecutive months of positive passenger traffic growth since October 2017, he said.

 

 

 

Brian Pedersen
Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh.

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